Post # 1
When is best to set a ceremony time on invitations? If we want to do 4 pm ceremony, should we have 4pm on invitations or something a bit earlier or later than that because I know things can not go perfectly on time.
Post # 3
I’ve seen quite a few conversations on this – people in favor of both sides. Some perceive it as rude to put an earlier time than you actually plan to start, but some think it’s perfectly normal.
I think that we will be putting 3pm on our invitations, assuming that we will start closer to 3:15. It’s going to be a short ceremony and the location isn’t super easy to find.
Post # 4
As PP stated, there have been some threads about this, one of which comes to mind, but I couldn’t find it just now.
I’m one of the people who think you should put the intended start time on the invitation, which in your case, is 4pm.
Yes, some guests may arrive late, but MOST will arrive early. And I think it’s unfair to have that majoirty of people waiting an extra long time just because a few people may run a little late. If the day comes around and you need the extra 10 minutes, they by all means, take it. But I would keep the invite with the intended time.
Post # 5
I would put the actual start time. SO many of our guests showed up 30 minutes early (and caught me taking pics), if anyone showed up late to the ceremony I certainly didn’t notice or care.
Post # 6
I agree with the others – put the real time. I’m always early and I would be miffed if I was my normal early amount in addition to whatever “cushion” you allowed. It’s your late guests that are rude … you shouldn’t be rude to your guests that show up on time.
Post # 7
I agree. Put the actual start time. 🙂